Amphibian and reptile training courses in partnership with the Field Studies Council

Training courses with the Field Studies Council vary from introductory-level training, covering general amphibian and reptile survey techniques, that are open to all, including beginners, to more specialist courses that address specific species, such as natterjack toads, or more advanced techniques including reptile survey techniques, and the well-regarded great crested newt licensing and mitigation course, which provides invaluable specialist training for professional ecologists.


Great Crested Newts and Licensing for Surveys, Wednesday 3 April 2019, David Orchard, Rixton Claypits Local Nature Reserve, Warrington, Cheshire

Working with Natterjacks Thursday 18 April 2019, Yvette Martin and Ruth Popely, Millom Network Centre, Cumbria

British Reptiles and Amphibians: Identification and Survey Techniques, Friday 26 April – Sunday 28 April 2019, Liam Russell, Margam Discovery Centre, South Wales

Reptile Survey Techniques, Saturday 4 May 2019, Dr Rob Ward, Juniper Hall, Surrey

Finding and Identifying Amphibians and Reptiles, Saturday 11 May 2019, Dr John Wilkinson, Bishop’s Wood, Worcestershire

Frogs, Toads and Newts, Saturday 18 May 2019, Dr John Wilkinson, Preston Montford, Shropshire/Welsh Border

Reptiles and Amphibians, Friday 24 May-Monday 27 May 2019, Dr John Wilkinson, Preston Montford, Shropshire/Welsh Border

British Reptiles, Saturday 7 September 2019, Dr John Wilkinson, Preston Montford, Shropshire/Welsh Border

Great Crested Newts, Licensing and Mitigation, Tuesday 3 December – Thursday 5 December 2019, Jim Fairclough and David Orchard, Preston Montford, Shropshire/Welsh Border

Please visit the FSC website for more details and to book your place.

Other training

Each year Amphibian and Reptile Conservation runs a series of training events designed both for volunteers and professional ecologists. National Amphibian and Reptiles Recording Scheme (NARRS) training opportunities will be listed on this page as they become available. To find out more about volunteer surveying opportunities, please visit the NARRS website.

Other ARC run training courses will also be advertised via our events pages.

Also, you may find that a local Amphibian and Reptile Group is running a training event near you. For further details take a look at the ARG UK website.